Food Part 5: Organic Food

The organic standards for food in the UK are laid down in European Union (EU) law. Any food labelled ‘organic’ must meet these standards. They cover all aspects of food production, from animal welfare and wildlife conservation, to food processing and packaging. Organic food sold in the UK must display a certification symbol or number. This means that the product has been inspected and certified by a registered certification body, such as the Soil Association.


For foods to be labelled as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must come from organically produced plants and animals. There is an extremely strict list of permitted ingredients to ensure that nothing harmful or potentially harmful will be found in organic food.


You can find local sources of organic food at:

7 Regent Place, Leamington Spa CV31 1EH
01926 338805


Warwick Health Food store
40a Brook St, Warwick, CV34 4BL
01926 494311


Canalside Community Food
Leasowe Farm, Southam Road, Radford Semele, Leamington Spa CV31 1TY
07758 340491


By Sam Elvyhart, Action 21′s Volunteer & Marketing Manager